Scout events: fund raising events continue by members of the 20th Harrogate Scout Group, the Lions based at Twenden on St Mary’s Walk. On Saturday, February 16 a regular monthly coffee morning will be held at Harlow Hill Methodist Church. On Saturday, February 23 a refreshment day at Wesley Chapel in the town and on Sunday, February 24 a table top sale at the Scout hut on St Mary’s Walk from 9.30am-noon. On Saturday, March 9 a beetle drive will be held at the Scout hut commencing at 6.30pm and on Sunday, March 10 why not treat your Mum to a Mother’s Day afternoon tea? To book a stall at the table top sale at a cost of £7 (pre-booking price) or for more information about the others events mentioned, please contact Phil or Gill Pawson on 522968. You can also email Harrogate20thscoutsfundraising@hotmail.co.uk. All money raised is being put towards the on-going project, the building of a new scout hut on the existing site.
Men’s Forum: meetings of the Harlow Men’s Forum take place each Tuesday morning at 10am at Harlow Hill Methodist Church commencing with coffee. On Tuesday, February 19 Geoff Queen will give a talk entitled Vedi, Veni, Vietnam. The meeting on Tuesday, February 26 will be an open meeting with John Wallis to which guests are invited. On Tuesday, March 5 Michael Cochrane will tell members something of Le Loup des Mers. For more details about the forum please contact secretary Neil Ramshaw on 879535 or e mail email@example.com.
Friendship Club: this Harlow Hill club for over-50s meets at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue on Wednesday afternoons at 2.30pm. On Wednesday, February 20 Derek and Eleanor McRoberts will give a talk on hearing dogs. A bring and buy sale is planned for the afternoon of Wednesday, February 26 and on Wednesday, March 6, John Shackleton has as the title of his talk, Not for the faint-hearted! For more information about the club, please contact Pat Wormald on 508867. To book the facilities at the Green Hut, call 568344.
Rossett Sports Centre: events held at Rossett Sports centre over the half-term holiday include a sports taster day, a craft day, fun on wheels, basic first aid and an Aikido taster day. Booking is essential for all these activities by calling the centre on 841122 for full details.
RHS Harlow Carr: half term activities at Harlow Carr gardens are based around scarecrows which will be made at the scarecrow building workshops taking place this weekend, Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17. All the entries from this event will be displayed in the garden during the Scarecrow Festival week which runs until the end of half-term, Sunday, February 24. During this week also you will be able to seek out Sammy Scarecrow’s belongings on a secret trail or join in a fun craft activity. Courses are available from Tuesday, February 26 until Tuesday, March 19 on practical gardening skills. They offer a chance to develop gardening skills and to find out more about topics such as seed-sowing, taking cuttings, lawn care and spring pruning. A series of four classes on vegetable growing will also be held during the same period. For young children, Thursday, February 28 sees children’s story time with stories and singing will take place from 11am-noon. For full details on all the items included in this column, please check out the website on www.rhs.org.uk
Messy Church: the second Messy Church event was held last weekend at Harlow Hill Methodist Church on the theme of the flood. A variety of messy craft activities was enjoyed by the families who came along as was the fish and chip tea! The next event will be held on Saturday, March 2 from 4 – 5.30pm at the Church to which all are welcome for this Easter themed workshop.
Jumble sale: on Saturday, March 2, members of Harlow Hill Methodist Church will be holding a jumble sale at the Church on Harlow Hill from 10am. Jumble is now being collected for this event. If you attend any classes or meetings at the church, jumble can be dropped off at the same time. If you would like to arrange for the collection of jumble and you live locally, please call or email myself on the numbers above or give Judith a ring on 879636. To book the rooms at the church for a meeting, party or event, please give Lorna a call on 521086
Meet your councillor: thanks to David Siddans for getting in touch with me about some events he has planned. He has arranged two sessions intended for you to get to know him. The next meet your local councillor session will take place on Thursday, March 7 from 3-4pm at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue. These are non-political and are designed for you to come along and talk about anything of concern or of interest to local residents. Bookings are not necessary. David looks forward to arranging further sessions in the spring. In the meantime, if you would like to get in touch with him about any matters of local concern, you can contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 531300.
Harrogate in Bloom: news now that the Harrogate in Bloom committee has decided that, in an effort to increase interest in improving the town it would like to encourage local residents to get together and appoint a co-ordinator to enhance the floral look of their street, or part of it (minimum of six houses). An award will be presented to the street adjudged to be the best. I wonder how this will appeal to the folk of Harlow Hill, many of whom I know, love their gardens. If you are interested, why not get together and start planning! Entries need to be with Geoff Scurrah by June, 30 by contacting him on 509889. Judging will take place in the week commencing July, 15. Do let me know if you plan to enter.